After decades of producing hundreds of brown, mushy cards every year, Topps took a big leap forward in 1992 by issuing their new baseball cards on bright, creamy-white card stock.

Coupled with stellar photography, the Old Gum Company reasserted themselves as a force to be reckoned with as the hobby rocketed toward a new millennium.

Of course, everything back then was produced in quantities large enough to gag a Jurassic Park full of dinosaurs, so the cards have taken a hit in value over the years. As in, most aren’t worth much of anything these days, at least raw.

But if you step all the way up to graded cards in perfect PSA 10 condition? Well, then you’re talking about some hunks of cardboard that are still desirable.

With that in mind, here are the ten most valuable 1992 Topps baseball cards, as judged by recent PSA 10 selling prices on eBay.

Mike Mussina (#242)

1992 Topps Mike Mussina

Mussina turned in a sort of quietly excellent career — never really wowing anyone during any particular stretch, but producing top-of-the-rotation results for the Baltimore Orioles and New York Yankees for the better part of two decades.

For his trouble, Mussina was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2019, and his cards bumped up the value scale accordingly.

This early-career issue is about a $40 item in PSA 10.

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Manny Ramirez Rookie Card (#156)

1992 Topps Manny Ramirez Rookie Card

For most of his career, Man-Ram was one of the most feared hitters in the game, and he became an absolute legend with both the Cleveland Indians and Boston Red Sox. He even helped the latter club bust their curse and win the 2004 and 2007 World Series.

Then came PED troubles and lackadaisical play, and suddenly Manny-Being-Manny wasn’t so charming anymore. Consequently, Ramirez has had a lot of trouble with the Hall of Fame vote, especially for a guy with 555 career home runs and who looked like a Cooperstown lock once upon a time.

Still, this Draft Pick issue is Manny’s Topps rookie card and checks in around $40 in perfect graded condition.

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Nolan Ryan (#1)

1992 Topps Nolan Ryan

There have been few hotter players, ever, in the game than the molten lava that was Nolan Ryan when he appeared on the first card of the 1992 Topps set.

Seven no-hitters and setting a new record seemingly every time you take the mound will do that for a fella.

As always, Ryan cardboard sits near the top, valuewise, of every set it’s in, and this is a $30 card in PSA 10.

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Craig Biggio (#715)

1992 Topps Craig Biggio

Heading into 1992, Biggio was coming off his first All-Star selection as a catcher … and it would be his only one.

The new season brought a new position, as Biggio moved across the diamond to second base, and it was a stroke of genius that kept one of the Killer B’s healthy on his way to Cooperstown.

All of Biggio’s cardboard remains popular in the hobby, and this one brings around $30 in PSA 10.

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George Brett (#620)

1992 Topps George Brett

While collectors were pulling this card from wax packs through the 1992 season, Brett was busy putting the final touches on his run to 3000 hits.

When he passed the milestone late in the season, he only further cemented his future in the Hall of Fame and his status as a hobby legend.

This late-career issue can sell for as much as $30 in PSA 10.

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Kirby Puckett (#785)

1992 Topps Kirby Puckett

Everybody and his brother loved Kirby Puckett’s infectious smile, and this card gives us a huge, nostalgic dose of it.

Of course, it doesn’t hurt that the picture shows Puckett as he looked during the Minnesota Twins’ run to a second championship in 1991 or that Puck is a Hall of Famer.

In perfect graded condition, this is a $25 card.

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Jim Thome Rookie Card (#768)

1992 Topps Jim Thome

The first Topps card of the future 600-home-run club member fittingly features him waiting to take his cuts in the cage, wearing a batting helmet, and smiling at someone off-camera.

It’s pretty much how we all remember the jovial slugger from his days with the Cleveland Indians and Philadelphia Phillies (and Chicago White Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers and Minnesota Twins and Baltimore Orioles) …

… right?

Yeah, and it’s also a $25 card in PSA 10.

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Jeff Bagwell (#520)

1992 Topps Jeff Bagwell

Another of the Killer B’s, Bagwell joins Astros teammate Biggio on this list by virtue of his first Topps base card.

This one features a young Bags barrelling down the baseline and sports the Topps All-Star Rookie logo.

It’s a great card that checks in north of $20 if you can find it in PSA 10.

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Barry Bonds (#380)

1992 Topps Barry Bonds

This card should be a treat for everyone who can’t stand to look at the beefier Barry Bonds from the second half of his career, as it shows a younger, lither legend in his prime.

And, love him or hate him, Bonds still generates enough buzz to keep all his cards on the most valuable list.

This one is about a $20 item in PSA 10.

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Ken Griffey Jr. (#50)

1992 topps ken griffey jr

You can decry the overproduction of 1990s cards all you want, but the companies truly did start taking some artistic liberties with their products.

Some of those really paid off, like this amazing horizontal shot of Griffey coming up after a dusty slide.

Great stuff that can touch $15 or more in PSA 10.

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